February News & Events

AdventHealth South Overland Park is leading the way on surgical innovation with its robotics-assisted joint replacement surgeries. Christopher Eckland, DO, orthopedic surgeon at AdventHealth South Overland Park, is performing robotics-assisted joint replacement surgeries that can offer better long-term outcomes for patients.
To learn more about robotic surgery at AdventHealth South Overland Park, visit this link.

Patterson Family Foundation Grant
The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship DBA NetWork Kansas announced receiving a $552,350 grant award from the Patterson Family Foundation for three critiectors: childcare, food (inclusive of restaurants, providers and grocery stores) and businesses starting or opening in vacant Main Street buildings.

For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2023
Patrick Lowry
(785) 250-4562
Department of Commerce announces $40 Million in New Housing and Tourism Grant Programs
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced $40 million will be made available under the ARPA Building Opportunities for the Disabled and Elderly (ABODE) and State Park Revitalization and Investment in Notable Tourism (SPRINT) grant programs. The ABODE program will provide $10 million in funding for new construction projects and renovation of affordable multi-dwelling housing units for persons with disabilities and the elderly. The SPRINT program will distribute $30 million for investments in regional tourism assets and state parks.
The funds were designated by the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Executive Committee and approved by the State Finance Council in December.
“In order for us to continue on our path of historic growth, we must continue to invest in quality-of-life assets,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Providing quality housing for all Kansans and developing attractive regional tourist destinations will help us create strong, inviting communities across the state.”
ABODE applications can include health and safety renovations to existing buildings or construction of new multi-housing units that accommodate individuals who are elderly and/or disabled. Project design, engineering costs and architectural designs are also permitted as eligible expenditures. Awardees will have two years to complete their projects and utilize all awarded funds.
Eligible ABODE applicants include:
  • Residential property developers
  • Nonprofit organizations in good standing with the state of Kansas
  • Counties and local units of government
  • Existing entities that provide housing designed specifically for older adults and people with disabilities
  • Public housing authorities.
SPRINT applications can include, but are not limited to:
  • Infrastructure enhancements, capital projects, renovations
  • Construction, engineering and architecture, planning, inspections and environmental assessments
  • Renovation and repair of indoor and outdoor facilities, roads and utility connections adjacent to the project site
  • Development of public land to create a tourism destination
  • Costs associated with recruitment of new permanent and semi-permanent exhibits
  • Application costs for national museum affiliation
Eligible SPRINT applicants include:
  • Kansas state parks
  • Convention and Visitor Bureaus
  • Counties and local units of government
  • Museums
  • Conference centers
  • Performing arts centers
  • Entertainment venues
  • Other tourism-focused businesses and tourism agencies.
The ABODE and SPRINT grant applications both open at 2:00 p.m. today, with submissions closing at 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 27, for both programs.
Informational webinars will be available to the public, with SPRINT’s webinar beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, and ABODE’s webinar beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2. Registration for the webinars and guidelines for the grant applications can be found at www.kansascommerce.gov/abode/ and www.kansascommerce.gov/sprint/. Applicants can contact CommerceSPARK@ks.gov for any questions regarding this funding opportunity.
About the Kansas Department of Commerce:
As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. Through Commerce’s project successes, Kansas in 2021 was awarded Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup awardArea Development Magazine’s Gold Shovel award for two years in a row and was named Site Selection Magazine’s Best Business Climate in the West North Central region of the United States. Find the Department’s strategic plan for economic growth here: Kansas Framework for Growth.

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The Louisburg Library has a lot to offer, check out their February Adult News.

Drop-in play at the Wildcat Activity Center, 1st and Peoria Louisburg, KS
Wednesdays from 9am - 10:30am
Paddles and Balls provided or bring your own paddle.
8-9am Monday - Friday

Upcoming events:
  • Friday, Feb. 3rd -Chamber Board Meeting - noon at City Hall
  • Saturday, Feb 4th - Legislative Breakfast -7:00 at Louisburg Middle School
  • Friday. Feb 17th - Connections at Destination Fun Travel - 8am
  • Monday, Feb 27th - Miami County Tourism Dinner - see flyer below
Job Opportunities

  • Chamber Members, if you would like to advertise your current job openings through our emails, please send a web link or brief description of the job with contact information to  chamber@louisburgkansas.com